Devoted and Disgruntled - Germaine's report

11 April 2016

Our London performer Germaine Nyack reports from the recent 'Devoted and Distgruntled: How can we change opera for the better?' event

A behind-the-scenes documentary about English National Opera's site-specific community performance at the British Museum, which starred performers from Streetwise Opera London.

The performance responded to ENO’s production of the Philip Glass opera Akhnaten and the British Museum's collection, exploring the passage of time from the ancient past to today and beyond. It considered what has been left behind by past societies, what we value today, and what we want to leave for future generations. Entitled Millions of Years, it included sections of Glass’s original music as well as a new composition by John Barber devised with performers.

The performance was the culmination of a large-scale community project developed by English National Opera in collaboration with Improbable Theatre, Gandini, Brixton Youth Theatre, Raw Material, Streetwise Opera, The Sorrell Foundation, London Metropolitain University, University College London’s Petrie Museum and the British Museum. It was performed on 6 March 2016.

Footage from BBC Breakfast (TV) - 26 March 2016

The Passion performers Matt Reid and Danny Collins, The Sixteen soprano Kirsty Hopkins and Streetwise Opera CEO Matt Peacock speak about our production of The Passion in a report by Jayne McCubbin. Booth Centre CEO Amanda Croome and The Passion volunteer Dave Kelly then join the BBC Breakfast presenters on the sofa. 



'I was transfixed and touched... Stunning'  

The Times

'Visceral, intense and simply remarkable'

Planet Hugill

'Solid evidence that social outreach need not exist solely at the fringes of the arts'

The Stage

'[Performers] had a beauty of their own, a vulnerability and pathos that connected with old tradition'

New York Times

'The most Mancunian of Passions'

The Guardian
Photo: Graeme Cooper

The Passion - press highlights

6 April 2016

Reviews, videos and articles about our Easter 2016 opera in Manchester

Photo: Graeme Cooper

The Passion 'resurrection' finale libretto

6 April 2016

The lyrics, written by Streetwise Opera's Manchester performers, and set to music by Sir James MacMillan